Riders show they're on right track
Two national records and a stack of strong performances were the features of the Southland Track Cycling Championships at Stadium Southland Velodrome over the weekend.
Southland's Erin Criglington again lowered her Masters 1 women's 500 metre time trial record by 0.2sec while Canterbury's Olivia Podmore bettered Stephanie McKenzie's five-year-old record in the under-17 girls' 500m time trial.
Elsewhere, Josh Haggerty continued his strong recent form by dominating the under-19 racing, yesterday adding the individual pursuit title to his haul from the weekend.
His haul also included the U19 scratch race and sprint gold medals, silver in the kilo and a hugely impressive overall victory in the open men's points race.
Laura Heywood also showed her medal-winning deeds at the recent Oceania Championships in Adelaide have set her up for a big season, dominating the under-19 women's pursuit with a 2:33.571 gold medal-winning ride to add to her points, scratch and time trial wins.
Emma Cumming made a successful transition to the under-17 ranks with a strong finish to take the individual pursuit title while Laura Moffatt made a big impression with her sprint title victory in her first taste of championship racing.
The Masters grades were dominated by Criglington who was unbeaten across her five events, while Mike White and Jerard Stock also took home multiple titles for their weekend's efforts.
Matt Archibald yesterday added the keirin title to his impressive Saturday sprint win while Tom Beadle added to the illustrious list of names on the MacLean Cup, in winning the men's kilo time trial title on Friday.
Kain Bowles was untouchable in the under-15 boys while the under-17 boys, by contrast, was an even affair with Hayden Strong, Hamish Beadle, Josh Carpenter, Tom Sexton and Brayden Stephens fighting out the medals all weekend.
The Cycling Southland selectors will this week name their squads for the upcoming track nationals which will be held in Invercargill from January 31 to February 3 (elite and under-19) and February 26 to March 2 (age-groups).
The next track event on the calendar is the annual ILT New Year Carnival which will be held on January 18 and 19.